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TIME for Shorpy: 2013

TIME for Shorpy: 2013

TIME magazine's Lightbox feature kicks off the New Year with a profile on Shorpy by Vaughn Wallace. Click here for a slideshow, and scroll down for the profile.

On Shorpy:
Today's Top 5

Time Magazine 1/21/2013 p. 47

Another Shorpy mention in the pages of Time Magazine.

It takes a village

... to appreciate old photos as they should be appreciated. Thanks, Dave, for sharing your skill and dedication with us.

And thanks to everyone who comments here! I love to hear from the railroaders, the aviation folks, the old car dudes ("old cars" that is, not "old dudes"), the architects and engineers, the genealogy buffs who search out details about the families in the pictures, and all the rest of you. I like it even when all we can think of to say is, "I had one of those!" "My dad had one of those!" "I remember my grandmother telling me about this!" All Shorpy comments are polite and friendly; most are enlightening; and many are hilarious.

Good job, Dave. I have been spreading the word and will continue to do so.

Day know the rest

My DSL was down for several days, just got up and running. First place I go to is Shorpy (of course) and this article makes me feel like I slept thru the discovery of life on Mars! So glad you are getting long overdue accolades. Hope us old timers don't get lost in the stampede. WTG Dave!

My time well spent

I spend WAY too much time on Shorpy every day, but it's time well spent - thanks for keeping up the fine work, Dave!

Well done

The recognition is well deserved, is one the best websites on the internet.

One Thing That Was Missed

The one thing that the writer of this Time article missed was one of the major reasons why I have kept coming back to this site for over five years: the superb community of people who contribute both their own photos and their knowledge and opinions to this site in the form of comments. I am pleased and proud to be a member of this group who contributes in my own small way.

Adding my kudos

This is wonderful! I somehow stumbled on Shorpy when working a mind-numbing office job five years ago, and spent many an hour (don't tell my former employer!) combing the site and the wonderful comments. I'm now a grad student studying U.S. history, and this site has been a consistent visit for me throughout the years. I learn multiple new things every time I visit.

I hope the new visitors that will undoubtedly arise from the feature only add to the incredible detective work and knowledge of obscure details that already make the comments such a joy to read.

It's About Time

I've enjoyed (and purchased many prints)Plan59 and Shorpy for nearly 11 years. I have the "test drive" thumbnail image used at the entrance to the previous EphemeraNow site. It is dated 8-14-02 so, I guess that's when I first dropped by.

All the action is over here now but for me, the real treasure is Plan59. Mid-century scans of that quality can be found nowhere else on the web.

Good job Dave,


Two friends pointed me to Shorpy just over a year ago, so I'm newer to the site than a lot of the veterans, but it does leave me with plenty of pleasant catching up to do. I have turned on many new Shorpy adherents myself, from children as young as 10 to oldsters in theirs 80s. It has affected my screen time at home a huge deal, and I realized today, in an art gallery, that it has really changed the way I look at all visual material. Thank you, Dave, for making these amazing images available to us, and thank you, tterrace, for moderating the comments.

What took so long?

Considering all of the fluff stuff certain national magazines print, it is well past time (no pun meant) for Shorpy and co-founder Dave - I caught that - to be so beautifully saluted for years of social enlightenment and entertainment. If the words "kudos", "huzzah", "woot-woot" and "bravissimo" had not yet been invented, they'd have to be just to begin to recognize what I consider to be one of the most fascinating destinations in cyberspace.

Serious cheers to you, Dave, for all of it, and a tip of my Dad's old carbide-lamp helmet (he too was a miner in his youth) to young Shorpy, the unknowing inspiration, now memorialized for history thanks to Mr. Hall.


What nice recognition for the suberb job you do! Thanks for my everyday fix of history.


...on this well-deserved recognition, Dave and all y'all.

Thanks Time

I couldn't have said it better.

Super !

I have loved this site for a few years and never a day goes by that I don't stop by and check out the listings. I have turned on many folks to Shorpy. do an amazing job.
The details in many of the photos are stunning. It has helped me realize that the common scenes of todays world will soon be history and are worth preserving and saving.

What a tribute to you and Shorpy!

I'm so happy for you and I don't even know you personally, but knowing you through this wonderful site you co- created.
I am just four weeks shy of having been part of the Shorpy family (as it may be)for two years and it's a daily part of my life. Having come across your site by chance I immediately related. I am learn as I go photo shop addict, starting with a box of old family photos several years ago, as soon as I was able to figure out the scanning and resolutions I began pulling small depression era photos into full screen high resolution reality. Seeing the clarity of those early box camera's was like a whole world opening up and seeing my ancestors up close and personal!
I am also a life long lover of history and you have brought many moments of our countries past into a framework that pulls those moments out of the past and into my home. It's an amazing development in technology that you having discovered and so glad you chose to share your efforts with the world.
So, congratulations Dave on this wonderful tribute to your good works. I know I'm grateful to have your site apart of my daily routine and discovery. I could almost bet that Shorpy is smiling down on you as well.

Don't forget us...

now that you've hit the Big Time. LOL Congrats!

More congratulations!

I was telling my niece about Shorpy just last night--then this comes out today. I appreciate TIME backing me up. Certainly helps lend credence to what I was telling her.

How many people who aren't newsmakers or otherwise famous (or infamous) get written up in TIME? Congratulations, Dave! You certainly deserve the honor for all your superior photographic restoration work.

Every Day

There's not a day goes by that I don't stop by this site at least once. I've learned much about who we are, what we've done and where we've lived our lives. Thank you.

Kudos to you, Dave

Bravo! Shorpy is the best site on the whole darn internet!


I don't remember exactly how I stumbled on many years ago but I'm glad I did. Shorpy is a daily visit.


I'm sure you'll want to thank all the little people who helped you.

Thank you Dave

Great story and thank you Dave! You've made my life a more
enjoyable one with this site.

Congratulations, but

too bad it wasn't LIFE. But I guess now TIME has more pictures than LIFE and fewer words. Progress.

Anyway, thanks for the daily stroll down Nostalgia Pike.

Biggest Surprise

Dave has a last name? I always thought he was a mononymous celebrity in the vein of Cher, Bono and Prince. Congratulations Mr. Hall.

Well Deserved

Well deserved recognition Dave! Shorpy is one of my favorite sites. Keep up the great work.


Well done, this site is a treasure.

Well Deserved

So happy you received this recognition. It must be a lot of work to make this site as fantastic as it is.

I would also thank those people who provide the fascinating details about the people and objects that are the subject of these images.

I nominate Dave

For Time's Person of the Year 2013. Kudos on a nice article for an outstanding website.

Important Educational Value

Congratulations are certainly in order for Shorpy! Let me add my enthusiastic praise. While Time touched on how Shorpy popularizes history, as a historian myself I think this aspect of the website is vitally important and cannot be overemphasized.

As any grad student or professor who's tried to keep college students' attention in class discussion and on assignments, getting them to care about the past is the very first hurdle we face as educators.

I have consistently found that using pics from Shorpy in the classroom and suggesting it as source material for assignments results in more productive engagement with the overall class goals. While other assignments are just as important, they often don't have the accessible impact that Shorpy does in getting students to think about what's at stake.

Keep up the good work! Visual learners everywhere certainly benefit.


Great article. Good on ya Shorpy!

Congratulations Shorpy

Now I suppose that we'll have to make reservations just to come visit.

Due Credit

The Time article did justice to what is fascinating about the site but, not being knowledgeable about photography, I suspect it just scratched the surface about the meticulous processes that are involved in bringing the images back to life.

Also, I must give credit to the commenters, who are wonderfully civilized and curious-minded people. I've often wondered how much moderation our hosts must do, though I have hoped it is little.


Wonderful! This is great. Congratulations

Nicely stated feature

I had given up making comments, however, must come back for this article to mention what an admirable job was done in describing and Dave, along with example photos. A "well done" to author Vaughn Wallace!

Thanks for Your Hard Work, Dave!

I have only been a member of Shorpy for a year or so. Other than learning about the site's namesake, I didn't know any of the backstory of The eye-opener for me from the "Time" article was that much of what we see is the result of restorative work that Dave has done. I'm embarrassed to admit that I thought Dave was "only" a moderator of our comments.

The "Time" article is correct. This site brings history alive in a way that history books seldom do. The word "awesome" is overused these days, but there are many photos that I view in a profound way that I cannot put into words.

I offer my deepest thanks to Dave and all those who contribute to the Members Gallery.


Well-deserved many times over. Shorpy is a jewel of the internet crown. Keep up the great work.


The slideshow in Time magazine contained some of my all-time favorite images. Glad that Shorpy, Dave and the other unsung heroes got recognition for their hard work.

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